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APPRECIATION: Cancer is a horrible disease and many families are affected by it. Bo’ness Car4U have recently benefitted by donations from 4 bereaved families following collections after funeral services which amounted to a massive £2,239, including a donation from the Shanks family in America in memory of Andrew Liddle. This funding is essential for our charity to continue. Grateful thanks to the families and friends of Sandra Hannah, Elizabeth (Jeanette) Hogarth, Andrew Liddle and May Thomson.

DONATION: Wonderful news! The No Angels Line Dancers have once again made a generous donation to us to help with our funds, this time its another £1,000 !! bringing their total donated to us to £2,300 since we launched. Every penny of which will be spent benefitting those patients referred to us from all of the Medical Practices of Bo’ness.

DONATION : The Bo’ness Belles local choir have supported us by donating the entire amount of money they generated at their various appearances throughout the whole of 2022. The choir met with volunteers from Bo’ness Car4U and presented us with a magnificent cheque for £5,709.06. Since we launched in January 2022, we have completed a total of 208 journeys, covering 9,234 miles, conveying 28 Bo’ness residents to their places of treatment in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Airdrie, Stirling and Larbert, and this fabulous donation from the Bo’ness Belles will ensure that we are able to do the same again for our neighbours in Bo’ness at a difficult time in their life throughout 2023.

APPRECIATION : The community of Bo’ness continue to support Bo’ness Car4U. In January alone we have already received a donation of £300 from Bo’ness True Blues, following an auction of a signed picture; £25 from the Bo’ness Over 50’s Club; £100 from a collection taken from the congregation of Craigmailen United Free Church, then the Supporters Group of Falkirk FC, known as the Equity Bairns raffled off a signed player’s shirt and raised £105 which they donated to BC4U. We also received £55 from Bo’ness Greenbelt Action Group and £100 from various individuals who have used our service. Many thanks to all the people involved, without whom our charity would not be able to continue.

Those wonderful people in BRANCHES have raised an amazing £3,000 for Bo’ness Car4U, and its not the first time they’ve helped us either !
Thank you so much.

APPRECIATION : Bo’ness Car4U is approaching its first year of operation and becoming a well kent name in our toun. As evidenced by the generous donations received this month alone – £300 raised and donated by the staff of Bo’ness Spinal Health Centre, Market Street, and a further £410 from various service users. Thank you everyone, without this help we could not exist.

DONATION: Many thanks to Bo’ness Churches Millenium Group who held a Quiz Night and very kindly donated the proceeds of £175 to us. Thanks a million folks – we’ll put that to very good use.

TRAINING : St. Andrews Church, kindly lent BC4U the use of their mini bus which we used as part of our volunteer drivers training. In our video we promised to show you the ropes, and as a result a group of new volunteers were recently taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Lanarkshire Beatson and Glasgow Beatson where, as well as learning the routes, they saw the drop-off points, parking, and refreshment facilities at each of these locations. St Andrews Church have offered us the use of the mini bus in the future which is a great boon to us. The happy bunch who participated are pictured here.

DONATION: As part of Lloyds Group Banking, the Bank of Scotland Foundation have a Matched Giving programme. One of the members of the wonderful Bo’ness Belles suggested to them that they could enrol BC4U as a beneficiary in their scheme. Consequently we received a donation of £500 from the Foundation, which was linked to the Bo’ness Belles current fundraising .

DONATION: The employees of Walker Timber held a step-count fundraiser paying £1 for each 1,000 steps and raised a massive £4,280 which they have donated to Bo’ness Car4U. Members of the BC4U Committee attended their premises where Lorna Shanks and Jaine Stewart of Walker Timber presented the cheque.

DONATION : In 2009, Alan Gilbert, a Bo’ness football coach who trains local youngsters here won a newly distilled cask of Highland single malt whisky, labelled ‘anCnoc’ meaning simply ‘the hill’, and it has been slowly maturing in the bond of Knockdhu Distillery, Aberdeenshire since then. 

It was recently bottled exclusively for Alan and he has kindly donated some of this bounty to help raise funds for Bo’ness Car 4U.  This bottle is one of only 210 available

Now your average Highland single malt whisky may be 40% or 43% strength by volume, anCnoc is a mighty 59.2% vol. It is a soft golden colour, described as having a delicate note of early wood richness complimented with aromatic flavours.

Gail Fairholm at the Corbie Inn is raffling a bottle of this delightful whisky, a maximum of 25 tickets at £5 each, why don’t you have a try.

APPRECIATION: They do say, cometh the hour, cometh the man, however in our case it was cometh the men!! and both from Corbiehall!!
Our website designer had said “You might find in time, someone will step forward to help with website maintenance”.
So when we needed to make alterations for our launch day Allan Cormack of AC Data Solutions stepped up and offered us his assistance at no cost and has helped us several times since, not least of which when we installed our Policies page. Thank you Allan!

When our newly appointed Publicity Officer, Val, asked for help from any media techies in our community to help and advise us on setting up videos on YouTube, Rob Willox of Webmedia stepped up and the result of their efforts can be seen if you search for Boness Car4U on YouTube and Facebook. Our videos appeal for volunteers, and are produced in an extremely professional manner and we are delighted that they are featured in the Hippodrome Cinema.
Rob, also declined payment for all of his invaluable help – a million thanks Rob!

APPRECIATION: Bo’ness Appreciation of Whisky Society have donated their first bottling of Lindores Lowland single malt whisky to sell on behalf of Bo’ness Car4U. It is 59.5% proof and sells at £5.95 a nip. A great whisky and well worth a try! A big thank you also to Gail Fairholm at the Corbie Inn who put our name forward and sold the whisky which raised £120 for our funds. In November BAWS donated a further bottle of Lindores, which Gail raffled at the Corbie, raising another £125. This takes BAWS’ contribution to us to £245.

DONATION: Craigmailen Church run a Tuesday Lunch Club and decided to make a donation to Bo’ness Car4U from the profit generated. Many thanks to everyone who made the donation of £100 possible.

FUNDING GRANT: Falkirk Council, in partnership with the Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership, Community Choices secured funding to improve the local area and members of the community were invited to vote to decide how this money is spent. Bo’ness Car4U were successful in obtaining a grant of £5,000 towards our running costs. 3,300 eligible votes were cast. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for us, it really is appreciated.